Helen Chase Vose

Posted Nov. 19, 2012, at 8:56 p.m.

MACHIAS – Helen (Chase) Vose, 83, passed away Nov. 16, 2012, in Machias. She was born July 13, 1929, in York, the daughter of Arthur “Dick” Freeman Chase and Mina (Ellis) Chase. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Fred Vose; her parents and brother-in-law, David Bardwell.

Helen graduated from York High School and Plymouth Business School. She worked 13 years at Children’s Hospital in Boston. In 1965 she married Jerry and moved to Machias, instantly becoming the mother of Jennifer and Aaron whom she raised as her own. She took care of many other children over the years, both in Machias and in other places the family lived. Many of these children consider Helen to be their second grandmother. When the family moved back to Machias in 1977, she became involved in numerous volunteer activities for the following 35 years only retiring from these duties earlier this year. She was the chair of Machias Blueberry Festival for about 20 years and as president of the Woman’s Guild of Centre St. Church, Helen and many others assumed the responsibility of creating a blueberry quilt for the festival every year. She was the director of the Machias Food pantry for at least 30 years. She helped start and helped run the Christmas Giving Tree Program. She was the local agent for the Salvation Army which included distributing coats, mittens and hats to the community through their Coats for Kids program. She ran a Christmas program for children and special needs adults. She started the first Alliance for the Mentally Ill in the Machias area. Helen was honored with many community service awards over the years.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Carol, of North Yarmouth; and her son, Aaron of Machias; two granddaughters, Michelle of North Yarmouth and Rachel of Los Angeles. She was very proud of her “girls.” She is also survived by two sisters, Nancy Chase of York Beach and Geraldine Bardwell of York; three nieces, Sue and Gill Moran, Vickie and Jeff Witham and Linda Bardwell; and her “other grandchildren,” Amy Pelletier, Sara Butler, Anastasia Robbins and Nettie-Kate Jordan. She leaves behind many special friends.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the First Parish Cemetery, York. There will be a Celebration of Helen’s Life at the Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias in late spring 2013. This celebration will be announced prior to its occurrence. The family would like to thank Downeast Community Hospital for all the tender loving care they provided to Helen and her family. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Machias Food Pantry, P.O. Box 265, Machias, ME 04654.

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